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Karen Women’s Organization Letter of Appeal on World Refugee Day

I am a woman. I am a refugee. This is my life. Listen to my voice. On World Refugee Day, it is our desire to appeal to the governments, to UNHCR and to all stakeholders, that the rights of refugees be valued and respected […]

June 20, 2014  •  By Karen women's Organization  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

WLB Welcomes UN Recognition of Burmese Government Failure to Address Ongoing Sexual Violence

The Women’s League of Burma welcomes a new report by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon that calls for Burma’s government to investigate crimes of sexual violence, and highlights the need for constitutional reform to bring the military in Burma under civilian oversight […]

April 24, 2014  •  By Women's League of Burma  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Rape and Sexual Violence by the Burmese Army

This briefing details how the Burmese Army has used rape and sexual violence with impunity for decades. Reports of rape and sexual violence have continued since Thein Sein became President and reforms began. Burma Campaign UK is calling for an international investigation to be established, as it is clear that President Thein Sein and the Burmese Army are unwilling to address this issue […]

April 16, 2014  •  By Burma Campaign UK  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Conflict-related Sexual Violence: Report of the Secretary-General

The present report, which covers the period from January to December 2013, is submitted pursuant to paragraph 22 of Security Council resolution 2106 (2013) , in which the Council requested me to submit annual reports on the implementation of resolutions 1820 (2008) , 1888 (2009) , 1960 (2010) and 2106 (2013) with regard to conflict […]

March 13, 2014  •  By UN Security Council  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Same Impunity, Same Pattern: Sexual Abuses by the Burma Army Will Not Stop Until There is a Genuine Civilian Government

SameImpunitySamePattern CoverAlmost a decade ago, the Women’s League of Burma (WLB) denounced systematic patterns of sexual crimes committed by the Burma Army against ethnic women and demanded an end to the prevailing system of impunity. Today WLB is renewing these calls. Three years after a nominally civilian government came to power; state-sponsored sexual violence continues to threaten the lives of women in Burma.

Women of Burma endure a broad range of violations; this report focuses on sexual violence, as the most gendered crime. WLB and its member organizations have gathered documentation showing that over 100 women have been raped by the Burma Army since the elections of 2010. Due to restrictions on human rights documentation, WLB believes these are only a fraction of the actual abuses taking place […]

January 14, 2014  •  By Women's League of Burma  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Update of Human Right Violations by the Burma Army During Offensives in Palaung Areas (March and April 2013)

Since January 2013, Burmese government troops have been carrying out military offensives in Palaung areas against the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N), Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA). The Burmese troops have committed widespread human rights violations during these operations […]

May 6, 2013  •  By Palaung Women's Organization and Ta'ang Students and Youth Organization  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Where Are the Women? Negotiations for Peace in Burma

Where are the Women CoverWomen in Burma are effectively excluded from participating in the negotiations for peace. Less than a handful of women have been part of the official talks held between the State and the armed groups, and none of the 12 preliminary ceasefire agreements reviewed for this report includes any references to gender or women. The expertise of local women’s groups in peacemaking and trust building efforts has gone unnoticed, and concerns raised by women are being sidelined. The interest by the dominant funders of the Burmese peace building initiatives, the international community, in advocating for the increased participation of women or for the mainstreaming of gender responsiveness has been, at best, inadequate. This is a worrisome development which requires action from both international and local actors as the continued exclusion of women risks undermining the legitimacy of the entire process […]

May 1, 2013  •  By Swedish Burma Committee  •  Tags: , ,  •  Read more ➤

The Use of Rape as a Weapon of War in Burma’s Ethnic Areas

With a population of over 50 million people, Burma is comprised of eight major ethnic nationalities: Burman, Shan, Karen, Karenni, Mon, Chin, Kachin and Arakan. Burma’s ethnic groups demand equality, autonomy […]

March 8, 2012  •  By Info Birmanie and Swedish Burma Committee  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Forgotten Workforce

Burma’s continuing political repression and economic deterioration, coupled with China’s rapid growth, have caused a new phenomenon over the past few years: large-scale northward migration from Burma to China […]

February 23, 2012  •  By Burmese Women's Union  •  Tags: , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Voices for Change: Domestic Violence and Gender Discrimination in the Palaung Area

This report documents how women in the Palaung area are affected by domestic violence and gender discrimination. Survey results collected by PWO show that almost all respondents had experienced or seen physical violence within families in their community […]

November 25, 2011  •  By Palaung Women's Organization  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤